If we followed the worldwide production of motorcycles and mopeds in the 50s of the previous century, we would see that Poland had a good positon among other countries – and this was thanks to the United Bicycle Manufacturers “Romet”.
The company products were so popular that 15 or 20 years ago practically every enthusiast of single-track vehicles had a model from the company’s stable. In spite of their simplicity, the constructions appeared to be so well-proven that many of them are still in use even today, and “Komarek” or the minibike is still a familiar sight on the streets.
AND IT STARTED WITH…
The history of moped production by the United Bicycle Manufacturers Romet dates back to the end of 50s of the previous century. It was then that the plan to expand the production into mopeds came into being.
The idea resulted not only from market demand but from the international position too. The political system of that time made sure that the People’s Republic of Poland wasn’t left behind the capitalist Germany or France which produced their own motopeds. The Romet specialists set themseves to design the first motoped, based mainly on their own concepts, and lacking a test department they were forced to test prototypes in traffic conditions. The engine reached a sheer magic power of 1,4 hp and had a two-speed gearbox, pedals and a hand start, which was quite an achievement at that time.